After the Mexican War, General Sherman was enlisted by President Zachary Taylor to survey the newly acquired lands of New Mexico, Arizona, and California, all of which proved to be disappointingly arid.
"Well, Captain," Taylor asked upon Sherman's return, "will our new possessions pay for the blood and treasure spent in the war?""Between you and me, General," Sherman replied, "I feel we'll have to go to war again." "What for?" Taylor asked, aghast. Replied Sherman: "To make 'em take the darn country back!"